Faithless and Twisted: What’s Your Excuse? Pt 2 | Luke 9:37-42

Faithless and Twisted: What’s Your Excuse? Pt 2 | Luke 9:37-42

WHAT A THING FOR JESUS TO SAY! I can imagine if Jesus said that today… People would call Him a pharisee… They would call Him legalistic… They would say “That’s not very Christ like of you Jesus!” To call a whole generation FAITHLESS AND TWISTED! But remember, as Christians we judge by the fruit, and the fruit of Jesus’ comments to the disciples was that they preached the gospel to the world and flipped everything upside down on it’s head.

Introduction

Luke 9:37-42 ESV  On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.  (38)  And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.  (39)  And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.  (40)  And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”  (41)  Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”  (42)  While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

  • So again, remember the setting here church…
    • Jesus and three disciples went up the mountain and the disciples watched as Jesus was transfigured into His coming glory.
    • Not only that but Elijah and Moses came down from Heaven to talk with Him.
    • A whole night passed with crowds waiting and gathering at the base of the mountain with the remainder of Jesus’ disciples.
    • When Jesus comes down the next day this scene unfolds… A father brings his son to Jesus and begs Jesus to cast out the demon inside of him. He even goes as far as to say that he begged Jesus’ disciples to cast out the demon but they couldn’t.
  • That’s when Jesus says this line, the one that we based last week’s sermon on and we will continue to focus on today…

Luke 9:41 ESV  Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”

  • WHAT A THING FOR JESUS TO SAY!
    • I can imagine if Jesus said that today…
    • People would call Him a pharisee…
    • They would call Him legalistic…
    • They would say “That’s not very Christ like of you Jesus!”
  • To call a whole generation FAITHLESS AND TWISTED! But remember, as Christians we judge by the fruit, and the fruit of Jesus’ comments to the disciples was that they preached the gospel to the world and flipped everything upside down on it’s head.
    • And it was the Disciples, church, that Jesus was calling faithless in twisted. I am fairly confident of that.
    • Even though scripture does not specify exactly who Jesus meant when He said “O Faithless and twisted generation” I think it is fair to say from deduction that it was likely the disciples Jesus meant.
      • Why? Because the Father was not being faithless, in fact he was being faith filled by bringing his son to Christ.
      • The crowds were not being faithless, they were gathering… waiting for Jesus.
      • But the disciples… for some reason the disciples could not cast out this demon…
      • WHY!? WHY COULDN’T THE DISCIPLES CAST OUT THIS DEMON? That’s the question.
      • Because we know from the begging of the chapter that they were given the task to cast out demons and they were given the power and authority to do so!

Luke 9:1-2 ESV  And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,  (2)  and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.

  • So if they had the Power and Authority to cast out demons and they knew it was there task to cast out demons while preaching the Gospel… WHY COULDN’T THEY CAST OUT THIS ONE!?
    • Ever answer I can think of… why couldn’t they cast out this demon… the response of Jesus “O faithless and Twisted generation” seems like a fair response… because whatever the reason for why the disciples couldn’t cast out the demon… whatever it was… it most certainly was a lame excuse…
    • Therefore I am fairly confident Jesus was calling the disciples faithless and twisted…
    • And I think He says the same thing to us when we make these excuses…

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  • Now we went over three common excuses last week:
    • Excuse one: I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing
    • Excuse two: I don’t feel equipped to do what I am supposed to be doing
    • Excuse Three: I have been waiting for the right time to do what I am supposed to be doing…
  • This week we go over three more let’s get right into it…

Excuse Four – I have tried to do what I am supposed to be doing and it’s just not working out.

  • Imagine the disciples looking at Jesus square in the face and saying: “You know Jesus, we TRIED the whole healing the sick, casting out demons, and preaching the gospel thing… but it just wasn’t working out… so we decided to go back to being fishermen and tax collectors… we knew you would be down from the mountain sooner or later anyway.”
    • “OH FAITHLESS AND TWISTED GENERATION!” Jesus responds!
  • But Jesus! It was a lot harder than we thought it was going to be…
    • “Oh faithless and twisted generation!” Jesus responds!
  • “You know it started out ok Jesus… the whole casting out demons, healing, and proclaiming the gospel thing… but honestly by the time this father came with his demon possessed son… well Lord, we were just a little ‘burnt out’”
    • “Oh faithless and twisted generation”
  • You guy’s ever heard that phrase “burnt out”… like “So and so was just burnt out from the ministry”.
    • Well I don’t know where you heard that phrase from, because you certainly didn’t read it from scripture…
  • You know if they did say someone was burnt out in New Testament times… it would have had a whole different meaning considering Christians were being burned at the stake for their faith!
    • Yet here in comfy cozy ol’ America minsters of the gospel get “burnt out” which is a fancy and nice way of saying “they quit! They gave up! The gave in! They folded! They ran away!”
  • As a church planting pastor I meet a lot of other church planting pastors… some of whom’s churches are not around anymore…
    • But I can tell you that I have never meet a pastor who has failed… only pastors who have quit.
    • Quit because they were tired.
    • Quit because attendance had dropped or giving had dropped.
    • Quit because it wasn’t what they thought it was going to be….
    • And each and everyone of those, when they quit, left behind disciples… maybe not many, but some, and they left behind hurt.
  • I have never meet a pastor who was truly called to be a pastor who left pastoring and didn’t hurt someone…
  • And the same is true of every calling you could possibly have… you can’t fail at it, but you can quit…
  • Let me show you what the Bible says about quitting… what it says about being burnt out…

James 1:12 ESV  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV  As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

Galatians 6:9 ESV  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

  • I love this last one… because it is a sports metaphor! It says “get rid of anything heavy that might be slowing you down and holding you back, because you have a race you have to run with endurance!”
    • That means that ministry, whatever your calling may be, is a race… but it is not s SPRINT it is a MARATHON! In a marathon endurance is the most important aspect!
    • Look, Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world… yet he told the Washington Post that he has never run a mile!
    • That means that I have run the mile faster than Usain Bolt has…
    • That means that even thought it took Lloyd Scott 26 days to finish the 2011 London Marathon… He still did it faster than Usain Bolt ever has… not because Lloyd was fast… but because Llloyd never gave up!
  • It is an excuse that has stopped many a good minister, don’t let it be your excuse…
  • Once again excuse number four: “I have tried to do what I am supposed to be doing and it is just not working out”.

Excuse Five – I have too much sin to do what I am supposed to be doing.

  • That brings us to excuse number five… “I have too much sin to do what I am supposed to be doing”.
  • Go back to the disciples and the demon possessed son… imagine if the father came to the disciples and begged them to cast out the demon and one of them responded…
    • “Oh sir, how I wish I could pray for your boy… but last night I looked at a women with lust, and Jesus taught us how horrible a sin that is, therefore I am not worthy to pray for your son”
  • WHAT?! You know this excuse almost sounds holy…
  • It almost sounds humble and contrite. Except for when you consider two things…
  • First:

Romans 11:29 ESV  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

  • Your calling is irrevocable… THAT MEANS YOU CAN’T SIN YOUR WAY OUT OF YOUR CALLING!
  • But second…

1 John 1:8-9 ESV  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  (9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • If we say we have never sinned we are lying! Look guys, look at me… I have sinned. I have sinned THIS week! That doesn’t mean I am going to step down from the pulpit, quit pastoring, and go back to IT work… NO! If every pastor lived by that standard there would be exactly ZERO CHURCHES.
  • Instead of quitting what I do is, you know, I REPENT! I confess, I grow closer to Christ. I become more like him as I die to myself!
  • Can sin hinder you in your calling? BUT THERE IS NOTHING STOPING YOU FROM REPENTING FROM THAT SIN, CONFESSING THAT SIN, BEING FORGIVEN OF THAT SIN.
    • YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT NOW, IN YOUR SEAT, IN THIS AUDITORIUM!
    • And if you are addicted to your sin, like I once was, then confess that addiction to a brother or sister in Christ and begin the process of healing and accountability… but don’t act like your sin is bigger than Jesus church… that your sin is worse than your calling.
  • Does that mean that you should sin freely? Of course not! Your sin can sink your ministry… but it is still your job to put the pieces back together after they have fallen apart…
  • YES YOUR SIN CAN SINK YOUR SHIP! But too many captains abandon ship instead of repairing the breach!
    • Dude, the surefire way to sink your ministry is to abandon it!
  • So church, please, never let excuse five “I have committed too much sin to do what I am supposed to be doing” be your excuse. Repent, be forgiven, be healed, and minister church!

Excuse Six – I refuse to do what it takes to do what I am supposed to be doing.

  • Here is an excuse that has sunk many a ministry before it started… and I believe this is the excuse the disciples had when they failed to cast out the demon…
  • I REFUSE TO DO WHAT IT TAKES TO DO WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.
  • The story we read today from Luke also is in the gospel of Mark… and we get another hint at why the disciples could not cast out the demon…

Mark 9:28-29 ESV  And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  (29)  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

  • Oh, see pastor! The disciples had a REAL reason for why they couldn’t cast out the demon…
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT! There reason was THEY DIDN’T PRAY!? What a terrible reason!
  • Which one of the twisted and faithless disciples didn’t stop and think “Maybe we should PRAY for this kid?”
  • Like they tried to cast out the demon, it didn’t work, and the disciples were like “Meh”.
  • Yeah, yeah, I could see why Jesus would call them twisted and faithless.
  • Look, whatever your calling is, it’s going to require some things of you, and you must be willing to do them for your calling’s sake and for God’s sake…
  • It’s going to require endurance, we already talked about that.
  • It’s going to require suffering…

Romans 5:3-5 ESV  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  (4)  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  (5)  and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

  • It’s going to require being persecuted

2 Timothy 3:12 ESV  Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

  • It’s going to require sacrifice

Hebrews 13:16 ESV  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

  • It’s going to require submission

Hebrews 13:17 ESV  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

  • And yes, It’s going to require prayer… and lot’s of it

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV  pray without ceasing,

Conclusion

  • As we conclude this morning, hear this church… you are called to a high calling.
    • God knew what He was doing when He called you to that calling.
    • Therefore any excuse you make is really just an argument with God. You are saying “I don’t think you made a good decision calling me to this calling”.
  • Don’t let any of these excuses be your excuse…
    • Excuse one: I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing
    • Excuse two: I don’t feel equipped to do what I am supposed to be doing
    • Excuse Three: I have been waiting for the right time to do what I am supposed to be doing…
    • Excuse Four – I have tried to do what I am supposed to be doing and it’s just not working out.
    • Excuse Five – I have too much sin to do what I am supposed to be doing.
    • Excuse Six – I refuse to do what it takes to do what I am supposed to be doing.
  • By the way, there are other excuses, here are some honorable mentions:
    • I know what I am supposed to be doing, but I would rather do what that guy is supposed to be doing.
      • Don’t covet your neighbors calling, in so doing you are breaking the 10th commandment!
    • I am not bold enough to do what I am supposed to be doing.
      • The scripture tells us to BE BOLD!
    • I am better at doing this thing than doing what I am supposed to be doing.
      • Oh really, you think you know better than God?
    • I haven’t prayed and fasted enough to be effective at what God is calling me to do…
      • When things get hard, instead of quitting (which goes back to the perseverance problem) you ought to press in with prayer and fasting.
      • WITH THAT LET’S PRAY!

GOSPEL CALL

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